Maya Visual Effects

Maya Visual Effects : The Innovator's Guide

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Create positively dazzling effects with the unique insights and practical advice in this innovative guide from a working professional Maya artist. Need to create plasmatic energy by lunch? Animate a field of sprouting daisies before tomorrow's meeting? Fashion a force field by Friday? With Maya's flexible toolset and the unique tutorials in this book, you'll learn how to solve real-world problems, improvise, and finish your professional assignments on time and with flair.

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  • CD-ROM | 368 pages
  • 203.2 x 251.5 x 22.9mm | 1,020.59g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 047011133X
  • 9780470111338
  • 589,846

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Create Dazzling Maya Visual Effects Out of Thin Air If you need to create stunning effects on a tight deadline for finicky clients and demanding art directors, this book is for you. Go from Post-it Notes to positively dazzling with the unique insights and practical advice in this innovative guide from a working professional Maya artist. Need to create plasmatic energy by lunch? Animate a field of sprouting daisies before tomorrow's meeting? Fashion a force field by Friday? With Maya's flexible toolset and the unique tutorials in this book, you'll learn how to solve real-world problems, improvise, and finish your professional assignments on time and with flair.Animate a zombie hand transformation, UFO glow, and streaking energy with texturesMake a tentacle shake and slither using expressions and jointsUse Paint Effects to create twitching nerves and bacterial hairSplit crystals with Rigid Body DynamicsAnimate a collapsing rope bridge using Maya HairMaster particle instancing and collision effectsGet a handle on scripting with MEL

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About Eric Keller

Eric Keller has been using Autodesk's Maya to create professional animations since version 1 was released and has been an enthusiast ever since. He is currently a high-end animator for film, television, and scientific visualization. His clients include Disney, ESPN, Hewlett-Packard, CBS, and ABC. Prior to that, he created animations for some of the world's top researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He was a contributing author to Mastering Maya 7 and Mastering Maya 8.5 (Sybex).

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